We asked, after a review of the Mendelssohn birthday concert at the Naples Philharmonic Center on Oct. 11, what choral works our readers would like to hear from a choral collaboration such as what the audience heard with the FGCU choir, the Fort Myers Mastersingers and the Naples Philharmonic Chorale. There weren’t loads of answers, but Brahms’ German Requiem, which the first two choirs did last year, was first choice. Here are some of the more unusual choices from our online readers:
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“How about (William) Walton’s ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’?” — Bob DePuy / Cape Coral
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“Belshazzar’s Feast,” is a story about the Jews’ exile in Babylon. After a feast at which Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, commits sacrilege by using the Jews’ sacred vessels to praise the heathen gods, he is miraculously killed, the kingdom falls and the Jews regain their freedom. Music writers say it’s a model of “extrovert writing and musical complexity,” and has devices including a brass band for the feast.
“Ideas for a collaboration concert: Mozart: Requiem or (Carl) Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana.’
“All are well-known works with great audience appeal and are wonderful teaching works for the college chorus as well as the community choirs. Worth the time, effort and not so difficult that they would take endless rehearsals (like the Bach “Magnificat” or Berlioz Requiem).“ — Flora Metrick / Naples
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For those who may not know it, “Carmina Burana” is a 20th century composition known as a “scenic cantata” of verse, of particularly infectious rhythm — it gets pulled for scene setting behind commercials, for power items like cars. It was so controversial, at the time, in some of its erotic statements that Nazi officials considered banning it.
“What a gift to Southwest Florida it would be for these three choruses to combine with the Phil orchestra to do the Verdi Requiem. If Mendelssohn was sold out it, would take two or three performances of the Verdi to satisfy the demand. There is no greater challenge for chorus and orchestra and the Phil is the perfect venue.” — Bifsplik / Fort Myers
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If you’re ready for another question that will broaden horizons and test sound systems, talk with us about this:. What’s your favorite crank-it-up classical piece? I love Charles-Marie Widor’s Toccata from his Symphony No. 5, a joyous, lightning-paced, stomach-rumbling five-minute test of professional organists and car stereos.
Send us your “long-hair loud” piece and tell us what you like about it: Neapolitan@naplesnews.com